October 17, 2017

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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Monday, October 16, 2017

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Monday, October 16, 2017

The University of Manchester launches new interactive tree trail -

Monday, October 16, 2017

Support the launch of the Woodland Trust’s Charter for Trees, Woods and People -

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Lina’s ‘Break Free’ wins prison garden poll -

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Diarmuid Gavin unveils plans for the largest container garden in the world -

Friday, October 13, 2017

Green Flag Award reveals the public’s favourite parks -

Friday, October 13, 2017

National infrastructure commsion reveals gallery of final design concepts for the Cambridge to Oxford Connection: Ideas Competition -

Friday, October 13, 2017

Proposals to improve council’s Streets and Open Spaces service -

Friday, October 13, 2017

idverde helps transform Shepton Mallet into ‘the Snowdrop Town’ -

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Willmott Dixon lands £66m Midlands universities treble -

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Designs for Manchester’s proposed new Peace Garden created by landscape architecture students -

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Green-tech smash charity target for children’s charity Physcap -

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Phase two of the Greening of Vauxhall Walk opens -

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Council granted order to acquire land for Waterside scheme -

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Inclusive outdoor learning and play area from Sutcliffe Play -

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Lower Thames Crossing route to drive ancient woodland destruction

The preferred route announced on April 12 for a new crossing over the River Thames in Kent and Essex by the Transport Secretary will potentially see loss to two areas of woodland south of the Thames in Kent.

Claylane Wood, which is ancient and another, Shorne Wood, which is SSSI-designated and partially ancient, records show it is home, to amongst other species, the ruddy darter dragonfly, marsh tit and hawfinch.

Over 2,000 people sent an objection to Highways England via the Woodland Trust, opposing the routes which could cause damage to ancient woodland.

Nikki Williams, Woodland Trust head of campaigning, said: “Thanks to all those who have campaigned the chosen route is less destructive to ancient woodland than we feared. Nonetheless the preferred route still singularly fails to meet Highways England’s Biodiversity Action Plan which commits to ‘no net loss of biodiversity’ from its projects.

“Decisions like the one today remind us why we must continue to fight for better protection for ancient woodland, which is irreplaceable. Until planning policy is strengthened we will continue to see our most precious wildlife habitats chipped away for the sake of supposed economic progress.”

The Trust is currently asking the public to respond to a Government consultation on the recently published housing white paper, which provides an opportunity to strengthen protection for ancient woods and ‘aged and veteran trees’ – only if Government also amends planning policy.

 

 

Take part in the consultation response at woodlandtrust.org.uk/actnow.

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